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Government, and the establishment of a Provisional Government in its place. That Thurston had then stated to 
Minister Colburn and himself that the American minister, Mr. Stevens, would support such a move with the United 
States troops from the U. S. S. Boston. And that he had also showed them a form or draft of a letter or request to be 
sent to Minister Stevens, requesting him to land the troops from the Boston, to assist Ministers Colburn and Peterson 
under the guise of maintaining order and protecting life and property, if they (Peterson and Colburn) would consent 
to sign it as attorney-general and minister of the interior.
I could see at once that this was a bait offered them to swallow to legalize the landing of the United States troops, 
and for them to nominally remain as cabinet officers of the Queen's, but actually seceding from her and thus 
dividing the executive, so that they being still in authority would support the cause of the rebels, and it would be an 
easy task for them to accomplish their ends without risking their lives, as their rebellious act would be termed a 
legal resistance, and thus they held out these inducements to Messrs. Colburn and Peterson to become traitors to the 
Queen and her Government. Mr. Peterson also said that the arrest of these parties would precipitate a conflict with 
the United States troops, if Mr. Thurston's statements were true, which he (Mr. Peterson) was satisfied they were, 
and that the troops would be landed in any case. I then said we can protest against their landing, and if they insist on 
landing for any other purpose than for that of protecting the United States consulate and legation, that this 
Government will resist them, and so, in other words, the United States would have to declare war against this 
Government, and I doubt whether they would fire a shot in that case, as I doubt that Minister Stevens has the au-
thority to declare war against a friendly nation, and furthermore we are in a position to resist all the troops that can 
land, as their complement, all told, is not over 250 men, and not more than 175 of these could be landed at the 
We can oppose them now with over 500 men, two Gatling guns, and a battery of artillery of about 12 pieces 
(rifled Austrian breech-loaders), with six or seven hundred rounds of ammunition, shot, shell, and shrapnel, and 
about fifty or sixty thousand rounds for Springfield and Winchester rifles, to say nothing of what the volunteers may 
have. The ministry then decided to inquire from Minister Stevens himself how far he was supporting the plotters 
with the United States troops, and to seek advice from and consult with those prominent business men who were 
friendly to the Queen's government, and also with the consuls and members of the diplomatic corps. Here our 
interview ceased for that morning, and Colburn, Cornwell, and Parker started off to arrange a meeting with those 
just mentioned for 2 p. m. that day.
"When making my rounds about the city that afternoon in a hack with Mr. S. P. Chillingsworth, who became my 
deputy on the following day, while on our way down Nuuanu avenue I drew his attention as also that of the 
hackman when passing the United States legation to the presence of Messrs. L. A. Thurston, W. O. Smith, and A. S. 
Hartwell inside, and to that of Mr. C. L. Carter on horseback outside in the street apparently waiting for instructions. 
What were these people doing there, especially at that time on a Sunday, about 3 p. m. or a little after?
After returning to the office Mr. Colburn came along looking for W. O. Smith or Thurston. I told him I had just 
seen them at Minister Stevens's (the United States legation). About 4 p. m. I saw posters being put up which the 
conspirators had drawn up and had printed

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